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by Dylan Tweney




Practical Haiku
How a tiny, ancient form of poetry can make your life
better by making you more creati...
Everybody knows how to
write haiku, right?
5   Haiku are easy
7   But sometimes they don’t make sense
5   Refrigerator

  ...
Actually, it’s not
so simple
There’s a lot more to haiku than counting
syllables.


On a withered bough               on a...
But it’s a lot more
fun!

   sudden downpour –
   no one wins
   the wet-t-shirt contest

           David Giacalone
How haiku helps you live
better
Haiku helps you write more precisely


                       home addition–
             ...
Photo: GregHickman




Haiku helps you
see
The message that precedes all others -- in art as
well as life -- is simple: pa...
Haiku teaches patience…
Because you can’t always go out and make a haiku, you often have
to wait for one to come to you.
Haiku helps you appreciate the
small, wonderful things in life
Like cherry petals, ants, spoons, blades of grass, peeling ...
The haiku way: How
you can make it
happen
1. Read haiku every day


             Daily Issa http://cat.xula.edu/issa/
    ...
The haiku way
1.  Read haiku every day
2.  Write haiku every day
The haiku way
1.  Read haiku every day
2.  Write haiku every day
3.  Be alert to haiku moments


                   mornin...
Haiku Basics: Immediacy

Right here, right now. Lookit this!




                                      Photo: Funkandjazz
Photo: intherough




Think small
   Mars landing --
   a tendril of red dust
   shifts from a footfall

           Alan S...
Show, don’t tell
in the old stable
we made hot, passionate love
like wild horses do

   anonymous horrible poet


        ...
Contrast/
comparison
2 parts: short - long or long - short


                           the whoosh of steam
              ...
Use natural
language
If you can’t say it with a straight face, try again
in one breath the whole autumn

          Valeria Simonova-Cecon




“One breath
poetry”
  10-12 syllables is usually enou...
Look at the world as a “what's
wrong with this picture?” puzzle
        mannequin faces
        a cosmetic counter woman
 ...
Share your haiku with
others
ReadWritePoem.org
WorldHaikuReview.org
Haiku Poets of Northern California – hpnc.org

Or, jus...
dylan@tweney.com

        @tinywords
        @dylan20




Happy haiku-ing
hum of the laptop
watching a lost world flicker ...
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Dylan Tweney on Practical Haiku

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Dylan Tweney is an editor at Wired and has been publishing tinywords, a daily magazine of haiku and micropoetry, since 2000. In this presentation, he talks about how haiku can change your life.

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Dylan Tweney on Practical Haiku

  1. 1. by Dylan Tweney Practical Haiku How a tiny, ancient form of poetry can make your life better by making you more creative, a better writer, happier, nicer to be around, more productive, sexier …
  2. 2. Everybody knows how to write haiku, right? 5 Haiku are easy 7 But sometimes they don’t make sense 5 Refrigerator Rolf Nelson, threadless.com
  3. 3. Actually, it’s not so simple There’s a lot more to haiku than counting syllables. On a withered bough on a bare branch A crow alone is perching; a crow lands Autumn evening now. autumn dusk Basho, tr. Kenneth Yasuda Basho, tr. Jane Reichhold
  4. 4. But it’s a lot more fun! sudden downpour – no one wins the wet-t-shirt contest David Giacalone
  5. 5. How haiku helps you live better Haiku helps you write more precisely home addition– the carpenter's math penciled on drywall Barry George
  6. 6. Photo: GregHickman Haiku helps you see The message that precedes all others -- in art as well as life -- is simple: pay attention Harlan Ellison
  7. 7. Haiku teaches patience… Because you can’t always go out and make a haiku, you often have to wait for one to come to you.
  8. 8. Haiku helps you appreciate the small, wonderful things in life Like cherry petals, ants, spoons, blades of grass, peeling paint, nuts and bolts, dew, earlobes, discarded coins, scraps of paper, oil rainbows in puddles, snowflakes, stray wisps of hair … Photo: Lily
  9. 9. The haiku way: How you can make it happen 1. Read haiku every day Daily Issa http://cat.xula.edu/issa/ Mann Library, Cornell http://haiku.mannlib.cornell.edu/ @dailyku tinywords.com
  10. 10. The haiku way 1.  Read haiku every day 2.  Write haiku every day
  11. 11. The haiku way 1.  Read haiku every day 2.  Write haiku every day 3.  Be alert to haiku moments morning news with the paper, I bring in a cherry petal Dylan Tweney
  12. 12. Haiku Basics: Immediacy Right here, right now. Lookit this! Photo: Funkandjazz
  13. 13. Photo: intherough Think small Mars landing -- a tendril of red dust shifts from a footfall Alan Summers
  14. 14. Show, don’t tell in the old stable we made hot, passionate love like wild horses do anonymous horrible poet stolen kisses barn swallows twitter in the eaves Mike Farley
  15. 15. Contrast/ comparison 2 parts: short - long or long - short the whoosh of steam from the espresso machine – frosty evening Charles Trumbull
  16. 16. Use natural language If you can’t say it with a straight face, try again
  17. 17. in one breath the whole autumn Valeria Simonova-Cecon “One breath poetry” 10-12 syllables is usually enough
  18. 18. Look at the world as a “what's wrong with this picture?” puzzle mannequin faces a cosmetic counter woman offers a spritz Jeffrey Winke Photo: Lisa Brewster
  19. 19. Share your haiku with others ReadWritePoem.org WorldHaikuReview.org Haiku Poets of Northern California – hpnc.org Or, just write haiku and send them to your friends, leave them tucked in library books, on Muni, scrawled on the bathroom wall…
  20. 20. dylan@tweney.com @tinywords @dylan20 Happy haiku-ing hum of the laptop watching a lost world flicker to life Dylan Tweney

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